Episode Income Fund


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Fund objective and approach

Fund objective

The Fund’s objective is to generate a high and rising level of income over time through investment in a diversified range of assets. Subject to this, the Fund aims to provide capital growth over the long term.

Investment approach

The fund aims to generate a high and rising level of income over time through investment in a diversified range of assets. Subject to this, the fund aims to provide capital growth over the long term. The fund manager believes the best approach for achieving this lies in the flexible allocation of capital between asset classes, guided by a robust valuation framework. In particular, he seeks to respond where asset prices move away from a reasonable sense of 'fair' value due to investors reacting emotionally to events.

He believes such episodes create opportunities because emotions should be less important than underlying fundamentals over the medium and long term. The fund will typically hold between 20-50% in equity, 40-80% in fixed income (including cash), and up to 20% in other assets (including diversified securities such as property shares, convertible bonds, preferred shares, etc). The fund will not employ net leverage, ie it may employ relative value positions but net long exposure will not exceed 100% of the fund value. A minimum of 70% of the fund will be exposed to sterling, though the fund manager will actively manage currency exposures to seek to enhance returns.

The fund may invest more than 35% in securities issued by any one or more of the governments listed in the fund prospectus. Such exposure may be combined with the use of derivatives in pursuit of the fund objective. It is currently envisaged that the fund’s exposure to such securities may exceed 35% in the governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA although these may vary subject only to those listed in the prospectus.


The value of investments will fluctuate, which will cause fund prices to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount you invested. The level of any income earned by the fund will fluctuate. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. 

Source: Price: State Street. Performance: Morningstar. Performance figures are on a price to price basis with net income reinvested. Performance figures may not reflect all relevant charges.

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Fund Team

Steven Andrew - Fund manager

Steven Andrew joined M&G in 2005 as a member of the portfolio strategy & risk team, before moving to the Multi Asset team, where he helped to formulate asset allocation strategies for M&G's multi-asset fund range. In November 2010, Steven was appointed manager of the M&G Episode Income Fund. Three years later, he became manager of the M&G Income Allocation Fund upon its launch. Steven began his career at the Bank of England in 1987 and subsequently worked at F&C Asset Management and Merrill Lynch before joining M&G. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in financial economics from the University of London.

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Tony Finding - Deputy Manager

Tony Finding joined PPM (now M&G) in 1997 as an economist. Subsequently, he took responsibility for the generation of views on yield curve and foreign exchange trading opportunities. In 2001, Tony developed his expertise in credit and exotic fixed interest securities by spending time seconded to Prudential's US-based investment management team. Tony has been in his current role as a member of the multi asset team since 1999. In January 2011, Tony was appointed co-manager of the M&G Episode Allocation Fund and the M&G Dynamic Allocation Fund. He has a BSc in economics from the LSE and is also a CFA charterholder.

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Stuart Canning - Investment specialist

Stuart is an investment specialist for the M&G Multi Asset team, having joined the group in 2007. Prior to that he worked in M&G's call centre in Chelmsford. Stuart has a degree in English and History from York University.

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